Poles have been producing and drinking vodka since the early Middle Ages, distilling their skill into some of the best vodka blends available in the world, many of which date back centuries. The most highly regarded clear Polish vodka brands must be Belvedere, Chopin, Luksusowa, Ostoya, Pan Tadeusz and Wyborowa, all of which you’ll find in any alcohol shop.
While clear vodkas are generally reserved for giving away at weddings and mixing in cocktails, the real fun is in sampling Poland’s flavoured vodkas and
Here are just some of the notable varieties you can find at the bar or shop:
Wiśniówka – cherry vodka
Cytrynówka – lemon vodka
Pigwówka – quince vodka
Orzechówka – walnut vodka
Piołunówka – wormwood liquor
Wódka figowa – fig vodka
Wódka śliwkowa – plum vodka
Wódka gruszkowa – pear vodka
These are our top 5 Polish vodkas
1. ŻOŁĄDKOWA GORZKA
Due to its very name, which translates to something like ‘Bitter Stomach Vodka,’ Żołądkowa Gorzka gives even the most infirm of health an excuse to drink under the guise of its medicinal properties. Though it comes in a variety of flavours, the original orange label (‘tradycyny’) is an aged, amber-coloured liquor flavoured with herbs and spices, Żołądkowa has a unique aroma and sweet spiced taste
One of Poland’s most popular overseas vodka exports, Żubrówka – also known as Bison Grass Vodka – has been produced in Eastern Poland since the 16th century. Flavoured with a type of
Popular in Poland and Lithuania, Krupnik is a sweet liquor made from honey and a multitude of herbs. Buy a bottle for Mum – drinking booze doesn’t get any easier than this. In winter, hot krupnik is a popular personal defroster with hot water, lemon and mulling spices added.
Mead, or ‘drinkable honey,’ preceded beer’s arrival in Poland and has remained a favourite since the Middle Ages. Since 2008, Polish meads have been protected under EU law as a traditional regional specialty. Distilled from honey, the drink is extremely easy to consume and comes in four strengths with Połtorak being the strongest (15-18%).
5. WATRA (HIGHLANDER TEA)
We won’t tell much about this one since its name says a lot already. If you manage to find this in Poland, make sure you take a bottle home.